Sassan Hafizi
  • United Kingdom

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PhD projects

1. The role of Gas6 as a mediator of repair in demyelinating disease of the CNS 2. Targeting TAM receptor signalling pathways in cancer 3. TAM receptors as modulators of neuroinflammation

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Personal profile


I graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry from Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London in 1992. In 1999, I completed a PhD thesis on vasoconstrictors and human vascular smooth muscle at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, under the supervision of Prof Sir Magdi Yacoub. In late 1999, I secured an EU Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship at Lund University, Sweden, working with Prof. Björn Dahlbäck on the Gas6-TAM system and cell biology. I then continued my research work under higher postdoctoral fellowships and as an independent investigator, until I took up the Senior Lectureship in Pharmacology at Portsmouth in 2009. I was promoted to Reader in Cell and Molecular Biology in September 2017. 

For more information about my research please visit my lab page

Research Interests

1) The Gas6-TAM ligand-receptor system and its role in normal and pathophysiological cell biology, including cancer and multiple sclerosis (MS).

2) Intracellular signalling via the Tensin family proteins in normal and cancer cell biology.

Full-time project supervision: PhD studentship projects, ERASMUS internship students (mostly from University of Furtwangen, Germany), Brazilian undergraduate student visiting under “Science without Borders” scheme; undergraduate Pharmacology summer bursary students.

Leader of Cellular Signalling Group within Cell Biology and Pharmacology Division of Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Science (IBBS)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


  • Q Science (General)
  • Cell biology
  • Molecular biology
  • RS Pharmacy and materia medica
  • Pharmacology
  • Small molecule inhibitors
  • RB Pathology
  • Cancer
  • multiple sclerosis
  • Inflammation


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